Foster County, North Dakota

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Foster County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Foster County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded October 11, 1883
Seat Carrington
Largest city Carrington
Area
 • Total 647 sq mi (1,676 km2)
 • Land 635 sq mi (1,645 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.8%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 3,362
 • Density 5.3/sq mi (2/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.fostercounty.com

Foster County is a county located within the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,343.[1] Its county seat is Carrington.[2] The county was founded in 1873 and later organized in 1883.[3][4] It was named for George I. Foster, a pioneer and member of the Territorial legislature.[5]

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 647 square miles (1,680 km2), of which 635 square miles (1,640 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.8%) is water.[6] It is the second-smallest county in North Dakota by area.

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 37
1890 1,210 3,170.3%
1900 3,770 211.6%
1910 5,313 40.9%
1920 6,108 15.0%
1930 6,353 4.0%
1940 5,824 −8.3%
1950 5,337 −8.4%
1960 5,361 0.4%
1970 4,832 −9.9%
1980 4,611 −4.6%
1990 3,983 −13.6%
2000 3,759 −5.6%
2010 3,343 −11.1%
Est. 2014 3,362 [7] 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2014[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,759 people, 1,540 households, and 1,031 families residing in the county. The population density was 2/km² (6/sq mi). There were 1,793 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (3/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 99.02% White, 0.13% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.05% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. 0.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 43.1% were of German, 31.0% Norwegian and 5.4% Irish ancestry.

There were 1,540 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 6.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were non-families. 30.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 5.50% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 21.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 98.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,019, and the median income for a family was $40,469. Males had a median income of $31,442 versus $19,750 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,928. About 7.60% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 12.40% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Dakota Territory, South Dakota, and North Dakota: Individual County Chronologies". Dakota Territory Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2006. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ "County History". North Dakota.gov. The State of North Dakota. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 130. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 47°28′N 98°53′W / 47.46°N 98.89°W / 47.46; -98.89